COMBASE

Los biocidas se utilizan en el tratamiento del crecimiento biológico perjudicial. Sin embargo, no sólo matan a los organismos patógenos, también matan a los no patógenos, lo que significa que pueden tener efectos secundarios indeseables, dañando la salud humana y / o el medio ambiente. Por ejemplo, en la fase de vida útil, cuando se liberan a los diferentes compartimentos medioambientales (suelo, aguas superficiales, aguas subterráneas y aire, dependiendo del uso del biocida), las sustancias activas experimentan una serie de reacciones de degradación que generan metabolitos, productos de transformación o reacción que podrían diferir significativamente de los compuestos progenitores en términos de su toxicidad asociada.
Considerando el impacto generado por las sustancias activas empleadas en productos biocidas así como el de los metabolitos, productos de degradación y transformación liberados al ambiente en las etapas de vida de aplicación y servicio, se requieren nuevas herramientas que permitan identificar y sustituir biocidas de relevancia ecotoxicológica desde una perspectiva de análisis de ciclo de vida.
El uso de métodos alternativos que no emplean animales ha sido previsto en el Reglamento (UE) 258/2012 (BPR – Biocidal Products Regulation) sobre productos biocidas. El uso generalizado de métodos no probatorios (NTM, Non Testing Methods) ayudaría a las PYME a identificar, entre otros, los llamados metabolitos de relevancia ecotoxicológica, facilitando al mismo tiempo el registro de sustancias biocidas en el marco de la BPR y la reducción de los ensayos con animales.
El objetivo principal del proyecto LIFE-COMBASE es promover el uso sostenible de las sustancias activas biocidas desde el punto de vista del ciclo de vida. Con este fin, se implementará un sistema de información en línea basado en la combinación de sistemas de apoyo a la toma de decisiones basados en evidencia (EBDSS) y modelos basados en toxicología computacional.

NOTICIAS/EVENTOS
04/10/2018
» The program of the second international workshop of the LIFE COMBASE Project is now available!

The second international workshop of the LIFE COMBASE Project will take place on the 17th October 2018 at the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri (IRMFN) in Milano, Italy. During the workshop, which will be a one day event, the major outcomes of the project to date will be described. Furthermore, speakers representing different agencies -such as the German UBA- and research institutions in the area of knowledge of QSAR and non-testing methods have been invited to participate. The present workshop constitutes a networking event for stakeholders in the biocides value chain including industries, regulatory bodies and research institutions. Registration is free of charge, if interested please write an email to life-combase@marionegri.it. The programme can be accessed here.

24/05/2018
» COMBASE LIFE Project presented at the SETAC EUROPE 28TH ANNUAL MEETING

The COMBASE LIFE Project and, more precisely, the work undertaken for the generation of an on line database with ecotoxicological information on biocidal active substances, has been presented in Rome in the frame of the SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting. The poster is co-authored by three beneficiaries of the Project (INIA, INKOA and Xenobiotics) and it has been INIA the beneficiary responsible of attending the event and presenting the results obtained. The SETAC conference represents a relevant exchange forum where environmental scientists, industrial and governmental representatives can present, debate and disseminate the most recent scientific knowledge contributing to the sustainable use of chemicals. A research article is currently under preparation complementing the work described within the present framework.

21/11/2017
» New dissemination materials now available!

The first International Workshop of the COMBASE Project has been successfully conducted in Milan on the 19th October 2017. The workshop was introduced by María Blázquez (INKOA) and Emilio Benfenati (IRFMN). Dr Benfenati referred that a new era for in silico tools is now taking place and that models should ideally be used as a first screening step in all assessments. The status of development of some of the actions of the project was introduced by Francesca Aceti (ITENE)- Action A.3.- and Maria Luisa Fernandez Cruz (INIA) -Action B.1.- Additional speakers took part in the event and introduced a series of initiatives at European level in the area of computational toxicology. Fruitful exchanges took place during the workshop. In addition to the workshop, the first project newsletter has now been released. Stay tuned on COMBASE’s latest developments by subscribing to it.